Spitfire Poetry Series featuring BLAIR

Wednesday, October 14th, Spitfire Poetry Reading Series featuring Blair:

Doors at 7:30, poetry at 8:00, $4 general public, $3 students

BLAIR is an award winning Urban Folk, Afro-Punk, Poet, Singer, Songwriter from Detroit, who has just been signed to the new start-up label, Repeatable Silence Records.

In the words of Metro Times journalist Melissa Giannini, BLAIR focuses his work on the hope that rises from the ashes of despair.

BLAIR is a National Poetry Slam Champion. He's been nominated for 7 Detroit Music Awards, including a 2007 nod for Outstanding Acoustic Artist. He's been named Real Detroit Weekly Readers Poll's Best Solo Artist and The Metro Times Best Urban Folk Poet. In 2007 He won Seattle, WA based BENT Writing Institute Mentor Award.

Blair teaches poetry and music classes in Detroit Public Schools, Hannan House Senior Center, the YMCA and lectures at universities, colleges and high schools across the country.

BLAIR has performed on bills with Stevie Wonder, Oscar winner Michael Moore, Mike Doughty, Bitch and Animal, Justin Bond, members of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Richie Havens, The Butchies, Tribe 8, Wilco, Cat Power and others.

BLAIR was the January 2005 HBO Def Poetry Jam Website Featured Poet. He currently studies privately with a poetry instructor as part of the writer's collective Write Word / Write Now.

BLAIR has toured the United States and Europe extensively and performed in South Africa both solo and as part of Walk & Squawk's The Walking Project of which he is a co-writer and cast member. He's performed at New York's historic CBGBs and The Knitting Factory, The San Francisco Public Library, at Miyagi's on L.A.s famed Sunset Strip, Detroit's Hart Plaza and Magic Stick and with a string section at the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

His new CD, The Line, was released in June 2009 on Repeatable Silence Records.


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